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Old 04-28-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Memories of Big Banana

What are your favorite memories of the old Big Banana store on McIntyre Circle?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Avocadoes 4 for a dollar!!!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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The jungle scene with I think a gorilla holding a banana? Great selection of fresh fruit and vegs. A mandatory stop back when we were only summer visitors for a week or two. A shame it was replaced by that useless store.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:59 AM   #4
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I fondly remember the little doughnut shop just off to the left -I think it was "Baker's Dozen" or something like that, 13 for the price of a dozen and the jelly donuts were made by cutting the plain (?) donut in half with jelly in the middle (more like a sandwich). Good place to hang out while the bride was buying veggies.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:33 AM   #5
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Besides the Big Banana, that location went from a P K Zyla store that had a lot of hand tools and guy stuff at low prices to a Shaw's Super-Loser Supermarket. Did u know the J R's store on Route 104 in New Hampton close to Route 93-Exit 23 is open for business and they have a lot of hand tools and items similar to the old P K Zyla store at McIntyre Circle, plus they have a full grown, all-white Alsatian, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Shepherd dog for a pet that likes to sleep in its bed behind the cash register.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:59 PM   #6
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What are your favorite memories of the old Big Banana store on McIntyre Circle?
I worked there one summer. All I can remember is that I didn't like my boss and that I didn't like working there.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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I worked there one summer as well when I was 15 and did not like it. Thankfully I had great summer jobs in the Weirs after that year.
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Way back that location was the home for Foster's Drive-In Restaurant.

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #9
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:54 AM   #10
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The Red Barn vs. Foster's Drive-In
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Before Foster's Restaurant, there was a Howard Johnson's in that location. Previously it had been called Dutchland (established in the mid to late 1930's.) Dutchland was probably the first to offer car hop service in the area and waitresses were dressed in traditional Dutch attire. The Howard Johnson's was moved to the Weirs in the late 1940's and burned several years thereafter.
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Fosters had the best fried onion rings.
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Yes, the onion rings were great.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #14
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at all the comments of Big Bannana on Facebook!

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #15
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:37 AM   #16
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Default A new Big Banana Farmstand

In August, there will be a new Big Banana Farmstand at 229A Messer Street in Laconia (where the BCM Motorsports Ducati showroom was - near Bisson Ave).

Please wish us well and come visit us for local produce and products.

Sorry, no big ape holding a banana, and much smaller, but due to the response to our non-profit CSA, we decided to expand into a farmstand.
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Was that where the Shaw's is now?
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Was that where the Shaw's is now?
Yes, parking was about where the gas station is now and the market maybe in Shaw's parking just behind the gas station.
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I do remember it then but I never went there
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